Talib Type Won’t Fly With Bucs’ New CB Coach

January 31st, 2014

Gill Byrd has strong opinions on off-the-field behavior

What a treat to meet new Buccaneers cornerbacks coach Gill Byrd this week. The 52-year-old former Pro Bowl cornerback for the Chargers is a fun, intense, cerebral and somewhat candid cat.

Joe talked to Byrd a lot about his coaching philosophy and what makes a great player.

Character is everything to Byrd and he’s not afraid to dive deep into the subject. He even went so far to say a player’s off-field behavior matters on the field.

“I want to get to know the player and I want to develop a relationship with the player. Because I think once you do that and you develop the man, the player will come,” Byrd said. “Because if as a man you’re responsible, you’re disciplined, you have accountability, then as a player you will be responsible, be disciplined and have accountability.

“I don’t care how many times I [tell a player how to carry behave,] If a guy is not like that in his life, then he won’t be like that on the field. You can’t tell a guy who comes in here every day — ‘Be disciplined. Play hard. Be held accountable.’ — if he’s doing that in his own life. I just don’t believe you can have that separate; one goes hand and hand with the other.”

Well, it’s safe to say Byrd won’t want the Bucs to pursue one of the free agent Adderall Twins (Aqib Talib and Eric Wright) in free agency next month. And (gasp!) Byrd may be down on Johnny Football, too, though Byrd is eager to mold and counsel young players.

Byrd also shared how he strives to be the kind of position coach he responded to — one who always answers “the why,” takes time to get to know him, and is a great teacher.

Just a hunch, but Joe gets the feeling Byrd has a got shot pushing Darrelle Revis to a new level of elite.

37 Responses to “Talib Type Won’t Fly With Bucs’ New CB Coach”

  1. Doc Says:

    I am missing something never did he say he did not want (Aqib Talib and Eric Wright).

    Yes, you’re missing something. –Joe

  2. Kevin Says:

    They’re behavior ….Besides we don’t need them. I would REALLY like to see them pluck Grimes from Miami to play as our no. 3 corner. Gorrer is a solid rotation guy and Revis and Banks got the outside locked.Bring in Grimes and Bennett. Good but not over priced free agents and draft some good players. I’d use the number 7 on a DE if it’s worth it. Or a QB if someone is there that you didn’t expect to be. We do need pass rush now though. Shoot now that they won’t be running stunts every snap and letting them get after it in they’re own nasty way, I think we need offensive weapons more than anything. Big Reviever, Slot guy, Line.

  3. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Good thing or maybe not a good thing he isn’t our WR coach.

  4. Architek Says:

    Same Talib different jersey – keep that North Texas trash where he is and he’s fine. Stop drafting career wish-a-thugs with speech impediments.

  5. dmon Says:

    He said was Byrd said. “Because if as a man you’re responsible, you’re disciplined, you have accountability, then as a player you will be responsible, be disciplined and have accountability.Do you find the character of these men to belong in this example?

  6. rayray1 Says:

    Sounds like a ” Buccaneers men ” rewind. Guess we already tried that route ?

  7. mpmalloy Says:

    Much respect to Mr Byrd for that sentiment.

    Wow. Old school and very much missing in the modern world.
    The government nowadays tells you that your problems
    aren’t your fault, don’t worry about it, it’s OK to be a leach.
    Don’t even try it’s too hard.

    I say bullshit.
    You take absolute accountability for everything.
    You work hard.

    I’m ready to play football!
    Yeah Byrd!

  8. RastaMon Says:

    Johnthan Banks..will Soar !

  9. Capt. Tim Says:

    Sounds like a smart guy. Some of the trash we tried to build around set us back years. Aqib, Jackson, Stevens, Etc
    Talibum is only behaving because it’s his contract year. If he suckers someone into giving any kind of contract, he’ll be back to “thug mode”

    Draft high character guys( like McCoy), and they will be a dependable building block for years to come.

  10. buccanAy Says:

    Obviously, most of you don’t realize VJax had multiple DUI’s in SD, and his commitment was questioned. A lot of these guys are from very dysfunctional homes, and somehow make it to the biggest stage in the world and grow up along the way.

  11. JT Says:

    @Doc No he didn’t say that dirrectly but joe is inferring that due to their off field issues Byrd wouldn’t sign Talib or Wright.

  12. PRBucFan Says:

    a DUI in 2006 and one in 2009, he’s such a thug…

    smh lol

  13. Getaclue Says:

    Talib has never been convicted of anything look at the last two coaches we had and the one he has now

  14. Doc Says:

    But it is ok to draft Mr. Football

    Joe’s guessing you didn’t read the whole post. –Joe

  15. PRBucFan Says:

    I was being facetious, and my last post was about VJ

    By the way Lovie is the same way as Byrd so don’t expect manchild to be here anytime soon.

  16. Andrew 1 Says:

    Well Joe, by your own admission you indirectly acknowledged that Manziel is not “responsible, disciplined, and accountable.” Why anyone would want someone without those qualities, no matter how talented, to be their franchise QB is beyond me. Thats not even taking into account how often he would get injured with the way he runs the ball so much. Drafting Manziel would be a huge mistake, dont take the cheese bucs!

    Joe was being a little sarcastic in the post. Johnny Football is where he is at such a young age because he’s extraordinarily disciplined in his work and accountable to his teammates, factors that require great responsibility. But yes, Joe gets that there are question marks surrounding how he’ll handle those three key factors at the NFL level. Hopefully, that will cause him to drop to the Bucs at No. 7. –Joe

  17. Andrew 1 Says:

    No doubt some team will draft him with the hopes that he will eventually mature, but its not something to expect. He kind of reminds me of Vince Young coming out of college in that he is an explosive player who is danger when he runs the ball and a little on the immature side. But just as Young figured out, so to will Manziel learn that NFL players hit a lot harder than college players and its probably not a good idea to run every chance you get. just like VY, I think a similar situation will play out with Manziel in that the combination of injuries and his immaturity will be his downfall.

  18. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Joe

    I think he has gotten to “where he is at” more so on his amazing talent than his discipline or accountability. But just as we’ve seen so many times, it takes more than a players talent to have a long successful career in the NFL. He To much of a risk if you ask me.

  19. Mumbles Says:

    Nobody wants thugs or lowlifes. But then again, nobody wants choirboys that can’t play either!

  20. PRBucFan Says:

    There are plenty of elites that aren’t either lol.

    Than again I’m thankful for the Brooks’

  21. Eric Says:

    Reports are Manziel is in California with his QB guru getting ready for the combine.

    Apparently he has a very intense training regimine.

    Turned down lucrative offers to go to the Super Bowl in order to train.

  22. Fritz50 Says:

    Just wondering just what, specifically , this ‘Johnny Football’ character has done, with a fair amount of certainty, to earn the lable of ‘character risk’. Not being facetious , just got no clue. Who did he murder or rape, did he get a DUI? Slap a cabbie…what? I’m not much for run first QBs, & he seems a bit Rah-Rah for a non-team player like me, but just wanted to know why he’s such a risk.

  23. PRBucFan Says:


  24. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ PRBucFan


  25. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Talib had to go. It wouldn’t have mattered if he had a 10 pick season or a 2 pick season with the Pats, he was given chance after chance with 3 different coaches to clean up his act and flopped harder than Lebron. He had accumulated too much baggage to stay here, and he’s not coming back just like #5. Wright was an overpayed, overrated corner who made one good INT off Eli Manning.

  26. PRBucFan Says:


  27. Greg Says:

    Joe, we can only hope and pray Johnny Football falls to us at 7, but it’s not going to happen unfortunately.

  28. Greg Says:

    The bigger question is if Johnny Football does happen to fall to us at number 7 and the Bucs don’t pull the trigger and draft him, then how many people will start calling for Lovie’s head right away?

  29. Joe Says:

    The bigger question is if Johnny Football does happen to fall to us at number 7 and the Bucs don’t pull the trigger and draft him, then how many people will start calling for Lovie’s head right away?

    There will be anger in the streets and 1) Lovie better damn well win, and; 2) the guy the Bucs drafted better make folks forget Johnny Football.

  30. Couch Fan Says:

    There will be anger in the streets and 1) Lovie better damn well win, and; 2) the guy the Bucs drafted better make folks forget Johnny Football.


    I’ve already forgotten about him, so mission accomplished.

  31. PRBucFan Says:

    False just anger by you lol

  32. Patrick Says:

    Johnny Aggieland Manziel will be selected by the Bucs.

  33. PRBucFan Says:


  34. Bucs55 Says:

    Hasent played a down in the NFL and he’s already the savior smh

  35. Tomcin Says:

    If any of the top QB’s fall to #7 & Jake Matthews is also there I would take Matthews. But that’s just me.

  36. BucfaninMO Says:

    As being a closet Browns fan there is no way JFF slips past them at # 4.

  37. Thomas Says:

    I gotta agree. There’s no way J Football makes it passed Cleveland.

    The thing is, both Cleveland and theRaiders will probably take a Qb, so we will have to take one in Round 2. I’m looking for bigtime O lineman, Best D-Lineman after Clowney, or Best LB as Round 1 pick for us (Bucs). The reciever would be great but I dont think he will make it by the Rams.

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